October is Fire Prevention Month and Nevada County and City firefighters have events planned to get local residents more aware of fire dangers and safety. Nevada County Consolidated Fire Captain Terry McMahan says Fire Safety Month Commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
“It’s killed more than 250 people and left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,000 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued on and did most of its damage on October 9th.”
In 2009, the latest statistics available, one home structure fire was reported every 87 seconds and on the average 7 people died in house fires every day. Adults 65 and older face the highest risk of fire death.
Nevada County Consolidated Fire Captain, Kevin Menet says Firefighters are visiting schools and taking the mobile classroom to educate young people on fire dangers and safety.
“The mobile classroom is one of our newest tools that we have and it’s one of the most requested tools. We visit classrooms, classrooms visit the station, do engine tours, assemblies, there are so many different things that we can do for different organizations. It lets us be out and get the word out about fire ssafety.”
Firefighters will also be hosting one more open house this month, this Saturday October 22nd at Station 89 on Tammy Way in Alta Sierra. The open house is from 10am to 4 pm. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided by the Nevada County Professional Firefighters.